Italian Serie A Review: Siena vs Juventus, Bianconeri Two from Two

Adrian AgiusAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2011

SIENA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Juventus FC fans show their support  for coach Antonio Conte during the Serie A match between AC Siena and Juventus FC at Artemio Franchi - Mps Arena Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Siena, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Credit deserves to be given where credit is due, and Siena deserve praise for their performance against Juventus at home. Although Juventus won 1-0 after a goal from Matri, Siena made closing out the match—let alone getting the single goal—next to nearly impossible for the Bianconeri, and such character will make a team come the end of the season. Nevertheless Juventus took the three points away from home, to see them sit at the top of the table after two matches in the Italian Serie A.

After comprehensively destroying Parma last week Juventus needed to record back to back wins to get the critics off their backs. Antonio Conte made the decision to stick with the squad that put four past Parma, with only two changes. De Ceglie who was suspended saw Italian Grosso slot in at left back, while Mirko Vucinic was given the nod ahead of Del Piero.

It was a slow start or Juventus. In actual fact Parma took the game right to Juve through Mannini who was having a brilliant match going forward. New signing D'Agostino was orchestrating the Siena midfield and the home side were unlucky enough to not have scored a goal early on. The half continued, with much of the play happening around the centre of the park.

Shots, especially those on target, were at a premium in the first half and as both sides went into the half time break. With all that said, Siena were unlucky to not have been one up after a last ditch tackle by Barzagli prevented Calaio from rounding Buffon to score.

Antonio Conte was visibly displeased with the poor chance creation on display, but opted not to make any changes to his starting team. The second half started much differently for Juventus. Their play had a sense of urgency about it, and it wasn't long until their new found desire to secure all three points was made apparent.

Simone Pepe received the ball well within the Juventus half, and from their made a marauding run down the sideline before switching play to Giaccherini on the opposing wing. The former Cesena forward took the ball to the by-line cutting it back for new signing Mirko Vucinic. The Montenegrian further cut the ball back to Alessandro Matri, whose shot found the back of the net amidst a whole host of Siena defenders attempting to block the shot.

With Juventus one up, complacency would be their major weakness. It showed too, with that spark ever present at the beginning of the half seemingly non existent as Siena once again pushed forward. And it was a seemingly harmless free kick on the edge of the halfway line that almost proved costly for Juventus as D'Agostino whipped in a ball that was met by the head of Calaio. The header by the forward hit the crossbar, and although he was ultimately ruled offside it proved to be a real wake up call to Juventus.

Juve went on to produce a solid defensive display recording their first clean sheet of the 2011-12 campaign. Although, it wasn't all pretty for the Turin Giants, a touchline bust up between Antonio Conte and Milos Krasic ultimately saw shouting and extensive hand gestures on the sideline, with Krasic failing to get a run.

Juventus will face Roma next week, however Siena can still hold their heads up high, impressive display from the newly promoted outfit.